Halle Berry's marriage to Eric Benet and the Cruise and Kidman split made news the week of February 23, 2001
Births Those dirty diapers — talk about Stankonia! OutKast rapper Big Boi Patton, 25, and girlfriend Sherlita welcomed 6-pound 12-ounce Cross Antwan Allawishes, Feb. 3, in Atlanta. This is their second child together; Patton has another from a previous relationship.
Weddings X-Woman Halle Berry, 34, and R&B singer Eric Benet, 31, were wed in a private L.A. ceremony last month. It’s his first marriage; Berry and major-league outfielder David Justice divorced in 1996.
Announcement Eh-oh! The BBC confirmed Feb. 13 that production will cease later this year on Teletubbies, the trippy British kids’ series that became a U.S. phenom in 1998. But don’t put away Tinky Winky‘s red purse just yet: A Teletubbies spokesman says there are 205 episodes that haven’t been seen in the U.S. but will eventually air on PBS, which recently renewed the show through 2008.
Splits Underscoring their irreconcilable differences, Tom Cruise, 38, filed for divorce from his wife of 10 years, Nicole Kidman, 33, Feb. 7, in L.A., just two days after the stunning announcement of their breakup. The document states that the duo separated in December. He is seeking joint custody of their two adopted children, Isabella, 8, and Conor, 6. Spokeswomen for both actors had no comment.
Courts Filmmaker Jerome O’Connor, who produced Barry Levinson‘s An Everlasting Piece, filed suit Feb. 8 in New York City charging DreamWorks with sabotaging the film. O’Connor claims the studio released the movie on only eight screens after Levinson refused ”to accommodate” the British government — and DreamWorks exec Steven Spielberg, who was knighted last month — by removing scenes seen as sympathetic to the Irish Republican Army. In a statement, DreamWorks derided the suit as ”patently ludicrous.” … In a letter made public Feb. 9, Mikhail Markhasev, 22, confessed to the 1997 killing of Bill Cosby‘s 27-year-old son, Ennis, and dropped an appeal of his life sentence.
Deaths Actor Lewis Arquette (Best in Show), 65, patriarch of the Arquette acting clan, of congestive heart failure, Feb. 10, in L.A. … Singing cowgirl Dale Evans, 88, who galloped to success alongside her husband on his eponymous TV series The Roy Rogers Show in the 1950s, and in dozens of films, of congestive heart failure, Feb. 7, in Apple Valley, Calif. Evans composed their theme song, ”Happy Trails.” … Author and aviator Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 94, of natural causes, Feb. 7, in Passumpsic, Vt. Her books included the inspirational 1955 essay collection Gift From the Sea, which explored women’s role in society. She and her husband, aviation hero Charles A. Lindbergh, were tragic figures in the ”crime of the century” when their infant son, Charles, was kidnapped and murdered in 1932.